About - Emily Cantera Photography
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ABOUT ME

Self-proclaimed mermaid, adventure seeker and bibliophile

Hello! I am Emily, I also go by Em so feel free to use either of those. I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer in the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver area. I am slightly obsessed with capturing details and documenting your day to create a love story written with photographs.

I currently live in Chilliwack, BC but I love to visit new places and adventure. I have traveled to only 8 different countries but plan on visiting many more soon. As much as I enjoy exploring foreign places, British Columbia in itself is one of the most gorgeous places in the world. I am always up for exploring new places in this beautiful province I call home, so if you would like to go somewhere cool I would love to tag along!

I love the clients who aren't scared to roll around in the grass and dip their toes in the cold glacier-fed water! Sometimes I ask you to do goofy things, sometimes I ask you to be in the moment with your loved ones and breathe them in. If you're okay with getting down and dirty and having a good time getting some beautiful photos, we would be a great fit!

I have been behind the camera since I was young. I vividly remember getting my first disposable camera when I was in Brownies and we were going to have a sleepover at the Vancouver Aquarium. I took that flimsy little camera and tried my best to shoot everything I could with 27 exposures.

I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors of Business Admin majoring in marketing and minoring in communications. It took me 6 years to finish my degree which is longer than I would have liked, but my first 2 years I actually went to university for photography.

Why did I switch majors? Well, let me tell you! I took as many photography courses in high school as I could, and even taught photography as a teacher's assistant for extra credits. So loving photography so much in high school meant I would love it just as much in university, right? Wrong. I was trying to get my Fine Arts degree with a major in photography. So along with my photo classes, I was also taking drawing, sculpting, media arts... Etc. Things I had NO idea how to do, and did not enjoy doing (nor was I really that good at any of them)! So, I switched to business and vowed I would one day have my own photography business.

And here we are! I have a full-time job advocating for a cleaner planet and I own a small business that allows me to explore my creative side and meet amazing people!

Random Facts

Number 1

I love to scuba dive, and I love the ocean! I feel very lucky to live on the coast and have access to visit the ocean whenever I want. I even have a tattoo that says "Lost at sea" because I am pretty sure I was a mermaid in my past life and a part of me will always belong to the ocean.

Number 2

I have a dog, Nova, that I adore. She can be stubborn and she sheds way more than I ever want to deal with, but I wouldn’t trade her for the world (Could you tell?).

Number 3

My husband, Devon, is my rock. He is the most supportive guy I have ever met and will always push me to be the best version of myself. We got married in 2020 despite the pandemic and just celebrated with our closest friends and family.

Number 4

I love video games. I grew up playing video games on my N64 and still continue to play games when I get a chance. However, time for games is far and few between as I try and maintain 2 jobs, care for a high energy dog and have a social life.

Number 5

Books. I love to read, mostly fantasy genre but lately, I have been trying to read classics and have fallen in love with them. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my current favourite books ever!

Number 6

I care a lot about the environment. I try my best to reduce the amount of plastic I use. Diving in the ocean and seeing plastic bags caught in coral just hurts my soul. I know we can do better for a planet, and we need to try if we want to diminish the effects of climate change. My current goal is to continue to reduce the amount of plastic I use and my long term goal is to purchase an electric vehicle!
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